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March 2008 Issue

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Cover Story

The State of American Law Enforcement - Teaching to the Test

By David Griffith

One thing that's clear from the statistics is that law enforcement is becoming a more dangerous occupation. Which begs the question: Is the training that the average law enforcement officer receives adequate enough to help him or her counter the threats presented by the job?

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SHOT Show 2008: Report from the Aisles  

At this year's SHOT, held last month in Las Vegas, aisles of booths were overflowing into several tent buildings erected in the parking lot. And a good portion of the overflow belonged to law enforcement products.

How to Tell When You Need a Search Warrant  

The general rule-of-thumb is to try to get a warrant whenever possible. On the other hand, if you can seize evidence without engaging in a search, you don't need either a warrant or any exception.

Keeping Track of Training  

The potential liability stemming from use-of-force incidents that may spur inquiries from lawyers is just one compelling reason for streamlined records management. Therefore, it behooves your police department to consider automating the documentation and monitoring of police personnel's records.

Trusty Sidekicks  

From mats to padded gear to simulated weapons, safety begins with training using the right equipment.


Open Season  

You need to do everything that you can legally do to avoid becoming a statistic.
<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Going the Wrong Way  

The really great thing about a career in law enforcement is all the exciting and wonderful experiences we get to have. Using Oscar Wilde's definition of "experience" as the name we give our mistakes, I have had a lot of "experiences."


Kahr PM45  

Its slim measurements and short height make the PM45 perfect for its intended role as a concealed carry gun. Despite its diminutive size and light weight, this pistol is controllable and effective. Kahr has redefined the criteria by which we judge concealable handguns.

Police Product Test: Spyderco Tenacious Folding Knife  

For 2008 Spyderco Knives introduces the Tenacious. With a foundation of 8Cr13Mov stainless steel, this knife is designed to be durable and dependable.


Going for the Gold  

Known for its Pro Ears line of electronic hearing protection and amplification products, RidgeLine has introduced its new Gold Series of muff-style headsets with advanced technology to enhance comfort and performance.


In a Broken Windows crime model, graffiti is one of those foothold crimes that leads to a neighborhood's decay.

Shots Fired: Old Saybrook, Connecticut 05•03•2005  

The sight that greeted Bergantino momentarily took him aback. Beyond the threshold stood a man as naked to the world as when he'd first entered it some 50 years before. It was not a pretty sight.

Blade Concealment  

Most of the equipment on our ever-growing gun belts has a specific purpose. But a knife can be a seatbelt-cutting device, scraper, impromptu screwdriver, pry tool, rapid tire deflating device, loose thread remover, trunk key, and a life or death survival tool.

The Bruton Rule  

In many cases, two or more crooks commit crimes together. When you catch them, you'll generally do your best to get admissible confessions from them. Arresting multiple suspects can actually give you better chances to obtain statements.

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